State Consumer Protection unit investigating South Carolina tech sales bootcamp after flurry of collection suits

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The Delaware Department of Justice Consumer Protection Unit is investigating  Prehired and its CEO, Joshua Jordan.

The investigation began in March, after Prehired filed nearly 300 debt-collection lawsuits in the Delaware Justice of the Peace Court seeking to enforce its income share agreements. 

According to the Consumer Protech Unit, Prehired started filing the lawsuits one month after forming two Delaware limited liability companies, including the plaintiff in the debt collection actions.

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Pewhired offers a technology sales bootcamp that touts the ability of those completing the course to get software sales jobs with salaries starting at  $69,000 a year. 

Prehired is based in North Charleston, SC.

In lieu of paying for the  sales training, graduates agree to pay a portion of their salaries to Prehired under a “membership,” according to the company’s website. The company describes itself as a “membership club.” 

Prehired voluntarily dismissed the collection cases after the state consumer protection unit expressed its concerns in a March 8 letter, noting that virtually all of the defendants resided outside of Delaware and had no practical way to defend themselves in the lawsuits.

Days  later, Prehired began refiling the same cases on the Ejudicate online arbitration platform — even though students never agreed to abritration. The Consumer Protection Unit acted  to stop what it viewed as  illegal arbitrations.

A message was sent to Prehired seeking comment.

“A company cannot unilaterally decide to arbitrate against hundreds of consumers after it gets caught abusing our court system,” Attorney General Kathy  Jennings said. “My office is committed to stopping illegal debt collection practices and ensuring that consumers, especially students, have the opportunity to defend themselves against overreaching creditors.”

In addition to investigating Prehired’s litigation and collection activities, the Consumer Protection Unit is also reviewing Prehired’s marketing and sales practices, including its job placement and salary information, and representations made to students signing Prehired’s income share agreements.

Anyone with information about Prehired or Joshua Jordan should contact DOJ’s Consumer Protection Unit at (800) 220 5424 or consumer.protection@delaware.gov. A complaint can be filed at de.gov/consumercomplaint.

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